What a season it has turned out to be for the Philadelphia 76ers. After four dark rebuilding seasons, Brett Brown’s squad went above and beyond the expectations placed on them heading into the season. Most people thought this team could be an 8th seed, but with good coaching and some key additions in Ersan Ilyasova and Marco Belinelli, this team rides into the postseason as the 3rd seed and winners of 16 straight games. The teams first playoff appearance since 2012.
Brett Brown deserves a ton of credit. When the process was going on, his players still played hard and he never lost the team in some long seasons. I’m glad the @Sixers gave him a legit shot at coaching a team like this. #heretheycome #PHILAUnite
— Kevin Negandhi (@KNegandhiESPN) April 12, 2018
With that, the Sixers will take on the 6th seeded Miami Heat, a team they struggled with at times this season. This will certainly be an interesting series since these teams are quite opposites. The Sixers love to get out and run and have constant ball movement. Miami, on the other hand, is more methodical and tend to slow it down to get you out of a rhythm. That being said, this isn’t the same Sixers team that split the season series with the Heat. The team chemistry looks like it has doubled since. Their last loss came on March 13th against the Indiana Pacers at the Wells Fargo Center. The Sixers turned it over 21 times and still had a chance to send it to overtime at the end. That was a breaking point for this team. They haven’t really had turnover issues since. We’ve been spoiled by the basketball this team has been playing over the last month. That’s why Brown won coach of the month for the month of March and Ben Simmons took home another rookie of the month award.
— Tom Moore (@TomMoorePhilly) April 11, 2018
The culture this team has is different. It almost feels like the Philadelphia Eagles all over again. It’s crazy what happens to the other sports teams in a city when one team wins a championship. It’s like they feed off of it. Right now, the Sixers are doing just that. JJ Redick is wowed by the fans on a nightly basis. Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons and Markelle Fultz always express how much they love the city. The Sixers want to win it for themselves. They want to win it for this city. They are one of the youngest rosters in the NBA, but they very well may be the hungriest. This team has a legitimate chance to make a run this year, and they aren’t going anywhere anytime soon.